Main Dishes

Lauki Kofta


Delicious Koftas

Bottle gourd (lauki/doodhi) 750 grams
Salt to taste
Gram flour (besan) 5 teaspoons
Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon
Tamarind seeded or with seeds 12 piece
Oil to deep fry
For gravy
Oil 3 tablespoons
Onion chopped2 medium
Turmeric powder 3/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder 1 1/2 tablespoons
Red chilli powder 3/4 teaspoon
Tomato puree 5 medium
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves 2 tablespoons
Step 1 For the koftas, peel and grate the bottle gourd. Squeeze to remove excess water. Step 2 Add the salt, gram flour, red chilli powder and mix well. Divide the mixture into twelve equal portions. Step 3 Stuff one piece of tamarind into each portion and shape them into round koftas. Step 4 Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry the koftas, in small batches, for two to three minutes, or until golden brown and crisp on the outside. Step 5 Drain on absorbent paper and set aside. Heat three tablespoons oil in a non stick pan, add the onions and sauté until light golden brown .Step 6 Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Continue to sauté on moderate heat for one minute, stirring continuously. Step 7 Add the tomato puree and two tablespoons water and continue to sauté till the oil surfaces.Step 8 Add two cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the salt, lower the heat and simmer for five minutes. Keep the gravy hot . Step 9 Add half the coriander leaves and mix well. While serving arrange the koftas on the serving plate, pour the gravy over them. Serve garnished with remaining coriander leaves


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